Be very careful how you live—not as unwise but wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand the Lord’s will. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:14-20
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 AMPC
Don’t get drunk with wine because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:18 CJB.
How did you read the above?
Most won't read that there are two commandments here.
Both commandments involve a choice.
The religious will only read the "don't," as in don't drink, and it says, don’t get drunk.
Few will read the command to be filled by the Holy Spirit.
Remember, inherent with every commandment in the New Testament is the ability to fulfill it, for it is God who works in us to will and do of His good pleasure.
The Good News:
What God commands, He works, and what He asks, He does.
So, be filled with the Holy Spirit!
How did you read the above scripture verses?
If either command seems impossible for you, they are not.
Lord, thank You for never leaving us helpless, for You are our help! Amen